Want a sneak peak of The Joffrey Ballet's Swan Lake?

I LOVE this. In a press release to Everybody DanceNow: “For the first time, The Joffrey Ballet offers the public a rare glimpse into the rehearsal studio when it streams live, via its online YouTube channel, a rehearsal of Swan Lake.  Internationally renowned choreographer Christopher Wheeldon will coach the dancers on his re-imagined production, which... Read more »

Chicago Dancing Festival tickets on sale!

Chicago Dancing Festival tickets on sale!
It’s that time of year again! Chicago Dancing Festival, one of the city’s biggest dance events of the year, kicked off ticket sales today. If you’re not familiar with the process, tickets are free but you have to act quick to get them. Why? Because they’re free and everyone wants one. Check out the ridiculous... Read more »

It's Shakespeare's birthday. Get 23% off Romeo & Juliet

It's Shakespeare's birthday. Get 23% off Romeo & Juliet
Apparently it’s William Shakespeare’s birthday today, April 23. If he were alive today, he would be 450 years old. Although I am a fellow April baby, I am not 450 years old. I do however share in Shakespeare’s love of tragedy and comedy. And lucky me, in honor of the famous playwright’s birthday, the Joffrey... Read more »
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Powerful 'Mist' at Giordano Dance Chicago Spring Engagement

Powerful 'Mist' at Giordano Dance Chicago Spring Engagement
Giordano Dance Chicago kicked off its 51st season with a fresh cup of joe – err, “JOLT,” the two-year-old repertoire piece that depicts the daily grind, from the dancers’ deep slumber and morning alarm to that feeling you get after a third cup of coffee. I love that piece and have seen it before, along... Read more »

Aladdin to light up Auditorium Theatre

Aladdin to light up Auditorium Theatre
When I was a kid my favorite video game was Aladdin. I used to play it on the Sega Genesis that I shared with my brother, and I always got to the magic carpet level where you have to escape the Cave of Wonders, but I never made it out alive. This weekend I will... Read more »

The Joffrey Ballet and its very Contemporary Choreographers

The Joffrey Ballet and its very Contemporary Choreographers
The first thing you learn in any “critique” class is that there’s a difference between critically good and crowd-pleasing. In fact, sometimes they are all but opposites. When the critic and the average audience member do find common ground, it typically ends in pop culture phenomena. Take for instance, “Game of Thrones.” Critically acclaimed. Overwhelmingly... Read more »
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February's Best Lineup

After a ridiculously cold start to 2014, I’m ready to heat things up with a lineup of romantic performances to see in the month of February. Whether you take your S.O. or your grandma, hopefully these shows will warm your heart and melt some of the snow outside, too. Contemporary Choreographers: The Joffrey Ballet presents... Read more »

River North Dance Chicago Kicks Off the Season with Autumn Passions

River North Dance Chicago Kicks Off the Season with Autumn Passions
Snow is on the ground, Christmas lights are twinkling in store windows and Lifetime is rolling out classic holiday films like Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus and 12 Men of Christmas. We get it Lifetime–you want a boyfriend for Christmas. But slow your roll winter–it’s only November 12th and autumn is not done with us... Read more »

My Q&A with Breaking Pointe's Allison DeBona

Everybody knows by now my obsession with Breaking Pointe. I had the chance to see Ballet West here in Chicago a few weeks ago (which you can read about here), but I ALSO got an exclusive Q&A with Allison DeBona that I’ve been saving up for a rainy day. It’s not raining, but I’m sitting... Read more »
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Ballet West gives a killer performance. Literally.

Ballet West gives a killer performance. Literally.
Salt Lake City’s esteemed company Ballet West, from the hit show Breaking Pointe, made a brief appearance in Chicago last weekend with the story ballet Sleeping Beauty as well as a mixed rep performance Sunday. Sunday’s performance proved to be full of surprises. The George Balanchine pieces, Rubies and the Pas de Deux from Diamonds,... Read more »